Ann Arbor’s Volvik LPGA Championship currently is signing up volunteers to work the May 21 – 27 tournament. The tournament needs workers to fill a wide variety of positions, including admissions, caddie services (helping the caddies), credential control, guest services, marshals, media services, on-course services for players, off-course player services, practice facility workers, scoreboards, scoring tents, shuttles and carts, player and VIP transportation, and walking scorers. The Golf Channel also needs volunteers to help with broadcast production.
Most of the positions require three shifts of four to five hours each.
I have friends who have worked as marshals, and an acquaintance who has served as a walking scorekeeper for the Golf Channel. All have spoken glowingly of their experience.
If not for the fact that I cover the tournament as a member of the media, I would volunteer. Still, I may volunteer anyway at some point in the future just to add to my list of golf experiences.
It may come as a shock to some to learn that volunteers are charged a $75 fee by the tournament. This is, as far as I know, standard practice. Professional golf tournaments are charities, and paying for volunteer uniforms would raise expenses and cut into the amount the tournament can donate to its charities. In this case, the $75 is not a bad deal. For that, volunteers get a uniform shirt, a jacket, a hat or visor, weeklong grounds access, a weeklong parking pass, a guest weeklong grounds credential, a Volvik golf ball gift pack and meals.
Weeklong grounds tickets alone are $60.